Cat Hair Everywhere: How to Deal with Shedding

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Most of us are used to living with cat hair. Shedding is a normal process for healthy cats, in which old fur is replaced with new. All cats shed, regardless of the length of their coats. You may think that longhaired cats shed more, but that’s only because the fur they shed is so much more visible. You can’t stop your cat from shedding, nor should you – after all, it’s a natural process. However, there are ways to reduce shedding and deal with cat hair in your home.

Frequent brushing

Regular brushing not only helps eliminate loose hair, it’s also a wonderful opportunity for you to bond with your cat. If your cat is not immediately receptive to brushing, start slow, and gradually increase the time you spend grooming. Reward your cat with treats after each brushing session until they’ve come to associate brushing with something pleasurable.

Brushing also has health benefits for your cat: grooming increases circulation – it’s like a mini-massage with some of the same health benefits as a massage. Additionally, a grooming session is an ideal time for you to run your hands and eyes over every inch of your cat’s body. This may help with early detection of lumps and bumps, skin issues, or parasites.

Should you give your cat a bath?

Cats are fastidious groomers, and can usually take care of keeping themselves clean without needing to be bathed. However, if you’re dealing with excessive shedding, and if your cat will tolerate it, bathing her once a month may be helpful. Be sure to use only shampoos developed for cats. Human products are too harsh for a cat’s delicate skin. You could also use a waterless shampoo made for cats, or wipe her down with grooming wipes especially designed for cats.

Healthy diet

Cats who are fed a species-appropriate, grain-free canned or raw diet don’t shed as much as cats who are fed inferior quality diets. The difference is particularly dramatic in cats on raw fed diets: they barely shed at all.

Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids

Fatty acids, either in food or as a supplement, promote healthy skin and coat, and help reduce shedding.

Veterinary check ups

Make sure your cat gets regular veterinary exams, which should include a skin and coat evaluation. If you notice excessive hair loss, don’t wait for your cat’s next regular scheduled check up. Take her to your vet as soon as possible to rule out any potential illness.

Allegra and Ruby are raw fed kitties and they barely shed, but they both enjoy being brushed, so I brush them every day. They prefer a simple slicker brush to fancier options.

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3 Comments on Cat Hair Everywhere: How to Deal with Shedding

  1. LisaM
    July 21, 2017 at 2:10 pm (1 month ago)

    Excellent article Ingrid! I brush both of our shorthair cats regularly; one likes to be brushed with a flea comb, the other (she doesn’t like to be brushed but as you suggested, gradually she’s accepting it), with a round, plastic brush that men brush their goatees with. Afterwards I rub the cats down with apple cider vinegar, diluted with water. They smell like a salad for a few minutes but after getting a few treats all is forgiven. 🙂

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  2. Bill Eckardt
    July 19, 2017 at 12:02 pm (1 month ago)

    My Tortie hardly ever sheds. Her coat is directional and even when I comb her with a flea comb, there’s very little fur shed. Anyone else experience this?

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    • Carol T
      July 21, 2017 at 1:20 pm (1 month ago)

      Yes our little monkey, I mean Tortie, has that flat coat that looks like it won’t shed. But her and the others toss hairballs so they are getting more hair grooming than the slicker and other brushes! I do brush her and the others. The Tortie has tried raw but the others won’t but I do feed decent grain free canned, not dry food. Also freeze dried toppers/treats, single ingredients, that are not crunchy or brittle.

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